"In ten sessions you'll see the difference, in twenty you'll feel the difference, and in thirty you'll have a new body". Joseph Pilates
Joseph Pilates grew up in the 1880's near Dusseldorf. He had poor bone structure and twisted limbs as a result of the rickets and rheumatic fever he had suffered with as a child. As a way of correcting his disabilities and improving his body image, he developed an exercise programme based on a variety of different disciplines that worked for his own body. This proved very successful as he set up his first fitness studio in New York in the 1920's, attracting ballet dancers and film stars. Without an official training programme at this time, Joseph Pilates had disciples (apprentice's). It was these people who went on to teach others what they remembered of his teaching, and from there Pilates was born, and evolved over time to the teaching today.
My training is in the Body Control Pilates method which is a benchmark for teacher training of the highest quality. I work to the Body Control Pilates code of practice which covers teaching standards, professional ethics, and continuing education.
Pilates is an exercise programme which helps clients gain an awareness of their own body. This is because each exercise is built around eight core principles,
- Flowing movements
Mat classes - Within a Pilates mat class you will learn the Pilates principles listed above. The exercises that are taught are carefully selected to both strengthen and mobilise the body through precise movements. Care is given to ensuring that each person is exercising safely, receiving attention and feedback, and achieving their goals. Everything that is required for the session is provided. This includes the mats, and small Pilates equipment such as the Pilates ring, over ball, bands, and massage balls.
To ensure that my clients gain the maximum benefit from the Pilates method it is important to attend weekly classes. Therefore group classes are charged in 6 or 7 week blocks to fit in with school half terms.
As a supervising teacher for Body Control Pilates, there will at times be a student teacher in the class. This is a student who has completed their initial training with Body Control Pilates as is accumulating teaching hours ahead of their final examination. They will only ever teach a maximum of three exercises within a class under my supervision.